Putting things into perspective

Life has been very good to me when I really think about it. I have a great wife, job, house, and I am still playing hockey. I have had a lot of success playing hockey. That is great considering I was never an athlete and I never could really contribute in a team sport. I am getting the opportunity to do that now. I enjoy IT work. I am passionate about working with technology and am really motivated to do a good job. Lastly, my wife is amazing. We have differences, but every couple does and we will hit 10 years of marriage this year.

I guess I am titling this “putting things in perspective” because that’s what I am doing. For all the challenges I have had, they are small compared to the big picture. I am so fortunate to have so many good things going for me its amazing. I am not a special person. I am just fortunate to have many things going for me.

This season, all my hockey teams are doing well. I have won every game I have played in the last few weeks. I didn’t play my best last week, but I am allowed to have a bad game here or there. My team was good enough to bail me out of my really bad game with Malys. I really couldn’t stop a good shot and we found ourselves down 4-1 in the first period. We came back and won 7-4 after I regained my composure. My Marketlab team also won their game on Thursday. We are doing better than I could have imagined considering we lost so many players from last seasons championship run.

I really have been down a little on myself. I found some old pictures of friends that I once knew but are now gone. I suppose as I get older this kind of thing happens, but I didn’t expect it to start so soon. Its the memories of the friends I used to have but lost contact with that don’t hurt as much as the ones that are gone forever. I will be back to my normal self eventually.

Its been over a year now

Its been a little over a year today that I got word that a good friend of mine Ben Pauls passed away.  After talking with him for many years, he didn’t respond to any of my emails for over a year and I didn’t know what happened to him.  It was one of those mysteries that I didn’t know about at the time and I was busy with my own life as it was.  I just assumed the best for him.  When I got word of his passing, I was decimated.

When a friend passes away suddenly, its hard to put into words how you feel.  Even to this day I remember everything that we did together back in my high school and college days.  Its a shame that we didn’t say close after I went away to college, but we both started new lives.  He got married and had a few kids.  I went away to college, graduated, and I got married as well.

Today I found pictures of him, the first time I have actually seen these in years and they just bring back all sorts of memories.  All of them good ones.  I still miss him today when I think about him.

Classes resume and a new season begins

My MBA classes resumed on Monday and I am already hip deep in work.  I am taking Organizational Management which is a 600 level class.  I have more chapters to read in the book, discussion questions to respond to, and then a paper due at the end of the week.  The good news is that I am now in the meat of my classes.  If I take 4 classes per year, I will graduate in 3 years.  That is what I am aiming to do.

Hockey also started back up this week and I got off to a strong start with Malys in a 5-4 OT win.  I played a pretty strong game, but I should have played a little better than I did.  I don’t know how our team will do this season, but it is going to be a fun season thats for sure.  We have many new faces and after placing 5th last season and going all the way, I am hoping we can do better this season and have the same finish.

Ice hockey also starts up for me tonight and I can’t wait for that either.  I got my pads repaired and my skates are ready to go.  This season is going to be a tough one though as we are going to be playing in a pretty darn good league.  Maybe even better than the one I played in last season.  I don’t know if I should be moving up in difficulty when my skills are on the decline, but I am going to try it out this summer and see how things go.